Convenience store worker fatally stabbed; suspect then kills himself
Japan Today -- Aug 14
A 45-year-old woman working part-time at a Lawson convenience store in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture, was fatally stabbed at the counter by her boyfriend who was trying to take money from the cash register on Wednesday.

The suspect, Hiroyuki Kawada, 41, also stabbed himself and died later in hospital, Fuji TV reported. Police said he and the victim, Mari Honna, had been in a relationship for about a year but that Honna had told him she wanted to break up with him.

On Aug 9, Honna called police and said she was scared because Kawada told her he was coming to her home, but he never showed up. On Tuesday, Honna went to a police station near her home and said Kawada was calling and texting her.

Police sent a patrol car to her home to keep a periodic watch.

However, at around 4:35 p.m. Wednesday, Honna was assisting a customer in the store when Kawada came in. He attempted to get behind the counter and reach into the cash register. When Honna tried to stop him, he pulled out a knife and stabbed her in the chest.

Another employee prevented Kawada from taking any money and he then backed off and stabbed himself several times in the abdomen. Honna and Kawada were taken to hospital where they were both declared dead on arrival.

12日、宇都宮市のコンビニ店でアルバイトの45歳の女性が男に刃物のようなもので刺されて死亡しました。女性は事件前に男との交際について警察に相談していました。  午後4時半ごろ、宇都宮市のコンビニ店でアルバイトをしていた本名麻里さんが男に刃物のようなもので胸を刺され、その後に死亡しました。警察によりますと、男は30代から40代とみられ、本名さんを刺した後に自ら腹を刺して病院に運ばれましたが、死亡しました。その後の捜査関係者への取材で、本名さんが事件前にこの男との交際について警察に相談していたことが分かりました。警察は、本名さんと男の間に何らかのトラブルがあったとみて事件の経緯などを詳しく調べています。
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